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Grade No. 239 Veritas by the Elgin National Watch Company

On March 1, 1901, the Elgin National Watch Company introduced a new line of 18-Size movements designed for approved railroad service. The No. 239 Veritas represented the 21-Jewel option, positioned with the No. 214 Veritas (23 Jewels) and the No... Continue Reading

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“The Wells Dial” Featuring Four Time Zones

Pictured:"The Wells Dial" - Elgin Watch Co. Grade 149 - 18-Size, Model 2, 21 Jewels, c.1900, Serial No. 8489005. This unique dial exhibits one of the first attempts to indicate time for multiple time zones on a watch dial. Each of the primary time zones in the United States is represented in a dedicated ring: Eastern, Central, Mountain, and Pacific. While the dial is signed “Patent Applied For,” indicating a possible patent for the design, no patent documentation has been found. Identical dials have been seen on other 18-Size Elgin movements, but the origin of the dial remains a mystery, and even the identity of “Wells” is unknown. ... Continue Reading

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An Explanation of Elgin's Part Classification System Used in Material Catalogs

The Elgin National Watch Company implemented an extensive system of classes to represent the quality of finish applied to material for each particular grade. This classification system also facilitated the ordering of replacement parts by watchmakers, providing the ability to match finishing quality. Sifting through an original Elgin material catalog can be confusing with differentiation between grades, models, and classes. The introduction to each catalog attempts to clarify the proper way to find the correct material. “Bear in mind that the illustrations of material serve to give the shape only, the quality of finish being shown by the class, movements taking the same shape and finish being embraced in one line opposite the catalogue number of that particular shape.” 1904 Elgin Material Catalog Once the matching part number is found, the grade must then be correlated with a class designation to determine the proper material quality. Pictured:Elgin Watch Co. Grade 291 - 16-Size, Model 7, 7 Jewels, c.1908, Serial No... Continue Reading

by Nathan Moore, 2 days ago


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Serial No.: #7424079
Manufacturer:Elgin
Grade:193
Size:12s
Model:3
Jewels:19j
Setting:Pendant
Finish:Nickel
Est. Date:1898
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Serial No.: #29306754
Manufacturer:Waltham
Grade:No. 1623
Size:16s
Model:1908
Jewels:23j
Setting:Lever
Finish:Nickel
Est. Date:1936
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Serial No.: #1476673
Manufacturer:Waltham
Grade:Broadway
Size:18s
Model:1877
Jewels:7
Setting:Key
Finish:Gilt or Nickel
Est. Date:January 1881 - February 1881
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Serial No.: #540265
Manufacturer:Ball - Elgin
Grade:
Size:18s
Model:1
Jewels:11j or 15j
Setting:
Finish:Gilt
Est. Date:
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Serial No.: #6602
Manufacturer:Hamilton
Grade:938
Size:18s
Model:1
Jewels:17j
Setting:Lever
Finish:Nickel
Est. Date:1894
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Serial No.: #23
Manufacturer:Hamilton
Grade:932
Size:18s
Model:1
Jewels:16j
Setting:Lever
Finish:Nickel
Est. Date:1893
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Serial No.: #436381
Manufacturer:Hamilton
Grade:940
Size:18s
Model:1
Jewels:21j
Setting:Lever
Finish:Nickel
Est. Date:1904
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Serial No.: #24420493
Manufacturer:Waltham
Grade:No. 1235
Size:12s
Model:1924 Col.b
Jewels:17j
Setting:Pendant
Finish:
Est. Date:1924
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Serial No.: #3793773
Manufacturer:Waltham
Grade:Amn. Watch Co.
Size:14s
Model:1884
Jewels:16j
Setting:Lever
Finish:Nickel
Est. Date:September 1888 - July 1889
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